Former NFL Player & Primal Health Coach Joe DiBernardo and creator of primaljoe.com, shared in the myfitnesspal blog that with our busy, on-the-go lifestyles, finding time to exercise can be challenging. For some of us, even driving to the gym can take longer than an actual workout. My training philosophy is a simple, yet effective, one that can apply more broadly than just toning your pecs and your glutes. This message is clear, KISS: keep it simple silly.
Outdoor full-body workouts fall nicely under this philosophy because you end up getting the most bang for your buck in the least amount of time. Being outdoors generates a greater hormonal response which increases your body’s ability to strengthen and build muscle faster. Plus, when you work out outdoors you reap the stress-reducing benefits of exposure to natural sunlight and being surrounded by nature.
Try these four movements that can be performed anywhere using your bodyweight as resistance:
1. THE SQUAT –
Imagine you are standing on a clock. Position your feet shoulder-width apart and point your toes at 10 and 2 o’clock. Shift your weight onto your heels and the outsides of your feet. Draw your belly in, inhale and lower your hips parallel to the ground or slightly below, depending on your level of fitness. Raise your arms to help balance and force your back into an upright position. Exhale and return to a full upright position.